Be Still Know
Psalm 94:19 (NLT)
‘When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.’
I have been reflecting upon the number of my decisions that have been made in response to anxiety. Such fears are difficult to quantify since they usually express themselves as unpleasant internal emotions over which I have little apparent control. Common fears of mine revolve around financial security, my capacity to cope, various personal insecurities, ageing – the list is endless. The problem is that each and every fear expresses itself as an uncertainty over an as yet unrealized future.
In speaking with many people of all ages I think we might call our age one of anxiety. Media appears to be complicit with fear mongering when constantly taking current world events and framing them as the foundation for creating an increasingly uncertain future for all of us. My natural response, ‘What does this mean for me?’ One moment it is the threat created by Ebola, then the fears stirred up through a seemingly endless sea of humanity flowing into Europe.
One of my core principles in working on spirituality and ageing is to invite individuals to name their fears and affirm them as someone who is far more than the sum of their fears. It is incredibly refreshing to discover each one of us struggles with fears, and we have all made decisions in a vain attempt to manage our fears effectively. Acknowledging that reality is a great first step in addressing the shame we each feel in having to admit to ourselves that we are shaped through our fears. They often appear as the insurmountable mountain.
My fears are future focussed and unrealised and may never leave me, yet I’m invited to discover comfort in God. When I turn to God I can discover an easing of such fears. To discover God whilst fearful is fraught with challenge since it is to scan the horizon for Jesus while consumed in the heart of a storm.
QUESTION: What fears currently haunt you?
PRAYER: Even though, I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will not be afraid, for you are with me.